Pedrosa continues to improve

While Pedrosa suffers from similar handling problems on his Honda than team-mate Marc Marquez, his style is less reliant on grip at the corner entry and he manages to cope with the machine's better than the two-time champion.

"Mugello was pretty positive as I can feel my arm improving all the time," the Spaniard said.

"I've continued my rehabilitation since the race and now we head to my home race in Montmelò. We have a busy weekend ahead as we need to work hard on the bike to solve some issues. 

"Set-up is key at this track as you spend so much time on the edge of the tyre. You can feel the energy of the fans and I hope we can take advantage of it! Let's hope it's nice weather and the fans can enjoy the weekend." 

In the Premier class, Pedrosa won at Catalunya in 2008, and finished second last year having started on pole ahead of Marquez.